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Study Day on Cybersecurity and Social Media


Study Day: Cybersecurity and Social Media

Social media currently faces several categories of threats: Phishing, Keylogger, Malicious Shortened URLs, Man in the Middle Attacks, etc. (Rahman and Adnan, 2017).

The purpose of this study day is to think about the social media security triad, defined in terms of Confidentiality (C), Integrity (I) and Availability (A) (Ghernaouti, 2016). On the one hand, we will take into account the scope of destabilization of cybersecurity on the socio-political and economic levels and, on the other hand, the stakes of power surrounding the illegal use of personal data on social media. Indeed, cybersecurity problems impact not only the political environment, as shown by the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal, but also generate annual profits of at least $1.5 trillion, the equivalent of Russia's GDP (Bromium, 2018). Given the risks of using social media, how can we protect privacy? How and why can opening source code contribute to preserving users’ “essential freedoms” (Stallman, 2016)? What legislation deals with these questions?

These themes will be discussed from the technical point of view of centralized and distributed architectures. In this sense, it will consider the use of free and open source software to strengthen the security of social media based on distributed architectures. The question of the regulation of personal data recorded on social media will be addressed from the point of view of ethics, law and geopolitics. Interventions will also consider cybercrime and cyberradicalization, whose good management and prevention help to operationalize the security of smart cities.

This event will be an opportunity to discuss the state of cybersecurity research on social media; the strategies put in place by innovative companies in computer security; and institutional policies (private and public) aimed at preserving the digital (and physical) integrity of individuals and territories.

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poster & program 


Schallum Pierre, Ph.D.
Part-time professor at Saint Paul University
Postdoctoral fellow (2017–2018) in the project "Modeling an Electronic Funds Transfer Platform in Mobile Environments"
Mobile Computing and Networking Research Laboratory (LARIM)
Department of Computer & Software Engineering
École Polytechnique de Montréal

Julie Paquette, PhD
Assistant Professor | School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service, Faculty of Philosophy, Saint Paul University
Co-Director of the Research Centre in Public Ethics and Governance, Saint Paul University
Member of the Board of Directors of the Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop


Mauril-Bélanger Social Innovation Workshop, located on the campus of Saint Paul University

Ground floor, Laframboise Hall (at the corner of Clegg and Main Streets)
Saint Paul University
223 Main Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 1C4


November 2, 2018
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.



STEEM Quebec

Computer Research Institute of Montréal

Professional Association of Free Software Companies

School of Social Communication, Saint Paul University

School of Ethics, Social Justice and Public Service, Saint Paul University

Research Center in Public Ethics and Governance (RCiPEG), Saint Paul University

Research Center on Innovations and Social Transformations (CRITS), Saint Paul University

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